Influx of illegal immigrant children will drive politicians to demand increased education funding

After seeing school buses on the road the past couple of mornings on my way to work, I started thinking about the nearly 50,000 unaccompanied children who illegally crossed the border over the summer and how they are starting school in the US as well.

Via USA Today:

Schools across the USA are bracing for as many as 50,000 immigrant children who would start school this fall, most of them unaccompanied by their families.

“We haven’t started school yet, so we are all just holding our breath to see what’s going to come on the first day of school,” says Caroline Woodason, assistant director of school support for Dalton Public Schools in Georgia.

Under federal law, all children are entitled to a free public education, regardless of their immigration status.

It’s nothing new for public schools to serve immigrant students. But Francisco Negron, general counsel for the National School Board Association, says, “One of the challenges here, though, is the large number of unaccompanied minors.”

“This is a whole new wave of immigrant students that are coming without any guardians whatsoever,” Negron says.

Not only are these children showing up without guardians, many of them are showing up with without basic literacy skills- in their own language. For example, Guatemala has a literacy rate barely above 75%. So, now these kids in a foreign country, separated from their parents and now need to learn English when many of them (more than likely) don’t have a basic educational foundation to begin with.

Looking at this from the children’s perspective, most people would consider this a disaster. For conniving politicians and educrats, this is a golden opportunity to soak taxpayers for even more money. Obviously, school districts that have to take in these illegal immigrant children need additional funding for ESL programs, lunch programs etc.

However, this is a gift that will keep on giving for politicians to grandstand and demand additional funding for years to come. Keep this in mind, very soon these 50,000 immigrant children will start taking standardized tests.

Before you say it makes no sense to test these kids, at least in Michigan, they will be tested:

In addition, the Michigan Merit Award Board has approved expanded accommodations for students with limited English proficiency. The expanded accommodations were developed in consultation with districts, schools, and practitioners in the education of children with limited English skills. A district administrator, in consultation with the classroom teacher, usually makes the decision about appropriate accommodations for students with limited English proficiency. Districts with large LEP populations may have a coordinator or specialist at the administrative level assigned this responsibility. In districts with small populations the decision is often the responsibility of the classroom teacher and the district MEAP coordinator. The decision is not whether or not to test a child; it is which accommodation is most appropriate for the child.

Considering many of these children are illiterate in their own language, they will not set the world on fire on standardized tests. I know this sounds harsh, however, you know these immigrant children aren’t Guatemala’s most educated.

Here’s where politicians see a golden opportunity. And when results from standardized testing rolls in and there are additional 50,000 low test scores bending the average down, politicians will begin grandstanding, demand more funding for schools to help improve test scores. And it won’t be just D’s. Republicans aren’t above shilling for more money for education, because very few politicians can withstand the lure of controlling vast sums of money. As pointed out here @ MCT nearly a year ago:

In business, as you rise within a company’s management ranks, the larger the budget (the amount of the companies money) you control. Job titles mean very little compared to the amount of company dollars at your disposal. Among executives, budgets are the great equalizer. Regardless of industry, the measure of a manager / executives importance to his organization is the amount of budget at his command.

It’s an ego thing.

Congress has adopted this philosophy as well. With continual expansion of the Federal budget, most Representatives and Senators work to seize ever larger portions of our national economy expanding members of Congress budgets. This expansion gives members greater power and influence. Once ObamaCare is sufficiently implemented, members of Congress will have trillions of additional dollars at their disposal to spend as they see fit- mostly to ensure he or she remains in office no matter what.

As Mark Twain said “There is no distinctly American criminal class – except Congress.”

How can Christians vote Democrat, the party openly hostile to Christian beliefs?

Sorry for the dearth of activity here at MCT. Between the encroachment of real life into my daily schedule, blogger burn-out and my general disgust with the American left and their foolish agenda, its been tough trying to pull together blog posts.

Anyhow, enough about me…

Today, I noticed a guy proudly walking in public sporting his new Mark Schauer for Michigan Governor t-shirt in public. Normally, I would think to myself “doofus” and not give it a second thought. However, I noticed his crucifix hanging over is “hey everyone, I’m voting for Democrats this November” t-shirt. I can’t understand how someone can be a Christian and vote Democrat, the political party openly hostile to Christians and the sanctity of life.

Heck, Democrats can’t even bring themselves to say the word “Christmas” including Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Mark “hey I voted for the stimulus because I thought it would create jobs” Schauer:

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It’s kinda funny listening to a Democrat like Mark Schauer talk about putting partisan politics ahead of what’s best for the state or country.

Receding glacier provide evidence Alps were much warmer in past- Global warming establishment working to discredit findings


Dr. Christian Schlüchter’s discovery of 4,000-year-old chunks of wood at the leading edge of a Swiss glacier was clearly not cheered by many members of the global warming doom-and-gloom science orthodoxy.

This finding indicated that the Alps were pretty nearly glacier-free at that time, disproving accepted theories that they only began retreating after the end of the little ice age in the mid-19th century. As he concluded, the region had once been much warmer than today, with “a wild landscape and wide flowing river.”

Dr. Schlüchter’s report might have been more conveniently dismissed by the entrenched global warming establishment were it not for his distinguished reputation as a giant in the field of geology and paleoclimatology who has authored/coauthored more than 250 papers and is a professor emeritus at the University of Bern in Switzerland.

Then he made himself even more unpopular thanks to a recent interview titled “Our Society is Fundamentally Dishonest” which appeared in the Swiss publication Der Bund where he criticized the U.N.-dominated institutional climate science hierarchy for extreme tunnel vision and political contamination.

Meanwhile the global warming ‘establishment’ are scrambling to discredit the findings.

Following the ancient forest evidence discovery Schlüchter became a target of scorn. As he observes in the interview, “I wasn’t supposed to find that chunk of wood because I didn’t belong to the close-knit circle of Holocene and climate researchers. My findings thus caught many experts off guard: Now an ‘amateur’ had found something that the [more recent time-focused] Holocene and climate experts should have found.”

Other evidence exists that there is really nothing new about dramatic glacier advances and retreats. In fact the Alps were nearly glacier-free again about 2,000 years ago. Schlüchter points out that “the forest line was much higher than it is today; there were hardly any glaciers. Nowhere in the detailed travel accounts from Roman times are glaciers mentioned.”

Schlüchter criticizes his critics for focusing on a time period which is “indeed too short.” His studies and analyses of a Rhone glacier area reveal that “the rock surface had [previously] been ice-free 5,800 of the last 10,000 years.”

Such changes can occur very rapidly. His research team was stunned to find trunks of huge trees near the edge of Mont Miné Glacier which had all died in just a single year. They determined that time to be 8,200 years ago based upon oxygen isotopes in the Greenland ice which showed marked cooling.

Casting serious doubt upon alarmist U.N.-IPCC projections that the Alps will be nearly glacier-free by 2100, Schlüchter poses several challenging questions: “Why did the glaciers retreat in the middle of the 19th century, although the large CO2 increase in the atmosphere came later? Why did the Earth ‘tip’ in such a short time into a warming phase? Why did glaciers again advance in the 1880s, 1920s, and 1980s? . . . Sooner or later climate science will have to answer the question why the retreat of the glacier at the end of the Little Ice Age around 1850 was so rapid.”

Although we witness ongoing IPCC attempts to blame such developments upon evil fossil-fueled CO2 emissions, that notion fails to answer these questions. Instead, Schlüchter believes that the sun is the principal long-term driver of climate change, with tectonics and volcanoes acting as significant contributors.

Another question to ask the global warming alarmists is why does every supposed solution involve big government siphoning vast sums of money from the productive economy?

*** H/T to Ice Age Now ***

Google, Yahoo Working on Encrypted Email Tools

This is all fine and good until Google and Yahoo hand over the keys to the Fed’s:

Yahoo’s move comes a couple of months after Google announced its plans to roll out a Chrome browser extension to let people encrypt their emails.

Yahoo will bootstrap its own plugin by modifying Google’s code, and the two services will be compatible, Stamos said.

Two people with the plugin enabled will be able to send each other emails with the content scrambled, unreadable to anyone but the sender and the receiver. This is already possible using established encryption software such as PGP (Pretty Good Privacy). But such tools are hard for average users. Google and Yahoo want to make it easy.

Tech companies giving the government back door access to personal, private data, that never happens… Right?

Proposed history curriculum omits American icons while painting colonists as bigots

‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’ And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. ‘Reality control’, they called it: in Newspeak, ‘doublethink’.

‘Stand easy!’ barked the instructress, a little more genially.

Winston sank his arms to his sides and slowly refilled his lungs with air. His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy,

George Orwell, 1984: Part 1, Chapter 3

The American left never sleeps…

New history curriculum standards proposed for top high school students leave out such American icons as Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King, Jr., paint colonists as bigots and gloss over the Greatest Generation’s fight to save the world from Nazi Germany, according to conservative education activists who want the framework delayed — and perhaps scrapped altogether.

An open letter circulated by conservative education activists is calling on The College Board to delay implementing new Advanced Placement U.S. History guidelines, saying a “rising tide of opposition” believes the curriculum will take the nation’s classrooms in a bad direction.

The Aug. 4 letter, which is addressed to David Coleman, president/CEO of the New York-based nonprofit, claims the new 98-page curriculum is a “dramatic departure” from the five-page outline previously used by teachers and students and offers a consistently negative view of Americans as oppressors and exploiters.

Year after year, academia churns out little leftist Democrat voters and foist them into the world, clueless as to how it actually works.

This was clearly on display during the Occupy Wall Street Nonsense:

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Newly minted leftists could also stand to spend time reading (and understanding) a few classics from literature as well.

When Orwell wrote “minds were trained to hold contradictory positions simultaneously and unquestioningly” in 1948, it’s as if he is describing the #OWS losers of a few years ago who were shocked when police ran roughshod over their protest demanding more government control.

Millennials are growing up: What was attractive in your 20’s is not so attractive in your 30’s

obama tattoo

Who could see this on coming? Tattoo removal surges 440% over the last decade:

The tattoo removal industry is still growing and expected to hit $83.2 million over the next four years, keeping pace with growth in the overall tattoo industry, according to research firm IBISWorld. Revenue for the industry overall is estimated to be $3.4 billion in 2014, an annualized growth rate of just 2.9%, though there is strong demand for tattoos with intricate designs, such as 3-D tattoos, says IBISWorld lead analyst Andy Brennan. There are nearly 8,000 tattoo businesses in the U.S., with no dominant player.


Most tattoo removals are performed on people in their 30s and 40s, says Michael Kulick, a San Francisco-based plastic surgeon. “What was attractive in your 20s is not so attractive in your 30s,” he says. Costs vary from $500 up, depending on the color and depth of the ink in the skin. The ideal color for removal is black because that tattoo will be at the same depth in the skin and the same wavelength for the laser to remove the ink. “Now it’s very fashionable to have pastels and yellow, which is very difficult to remove,” he says.

Relationship breakups and job-hunting has led to a surge in tattoo removals, Brennan says. “Increased social acceptability of and interest in tattoos has driven demand for them, which ultimately increased the pool of potential customers who may regret their initial decision and want their tattoos removed,” he says. Further pushing growth has been the recession, which has heightened unemployment and, in turn, increased demand from job seekers who need to cover up tattoos in order to obtain employment.

The reason for the spike in tattoo removal is simpler than relationship breakups and job-hunting; today it seem as if almost everyone has a tattoo, so they have lost their rebellious cool factor.

Reminds me of Dr. Seuss and “The Sneetches”

Video: Russian tank fires cannon mid-air

Flying tank fires its cannon

While Obama guts our military so he has more money he can re-distribute to Democrat voters through everything from ObamaCare and ObamaPhones, Russia and China continue continue increasing their military spending.

Via Sploid:

A Russian T-90AM tank firing its 125mm cannon as it flies off a ramp. Even after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia still has more tanks than any other country in the world: 15,500. China and the USA follow with 9,150 and 8,325 respectively. Russia is now conducting its annual world tank championship.

While the USA was invited to participate in the 2013 edition, this year there’s no participation from NATO countries following the annexation of Crimea and the current war in Ukraine. Only Angola, Armenia, Belarus, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia and Venezuela are participating in the 2014 edition.

And the promised video.

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Way to go low information voters…